Senate probes killings of 40 in Sokoto
The Senate has resolved to probe the killings of over 40 people by armed bandits in communities of Sokoto state on Tuesday night .
The Sokoto killings was a matter of deliberation at Thursday’s plenary following a motion sponsored by Sen. Adamu Aliero of Kebbi Central with Sen. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto North being a co-sponsor.
The armed bandits who rode on motorcycles attacked the residents of Dogon-yero in Gandi district to avenge two of their colleagues killed by the villagers when they wanted to get food.
The bandits had sent advanced notice to the villagers of their imminent arrival to carry out the retaliatory killings.
Following the deliberations, the Senate resolved to urge the Nigerian govt. to mandate the Airforce and Police helicopter division to carry out aerial surveillance of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States with a view of identifying the locations and hideouts of bandits and do the needful.
The Red Chamber also resolved to urge the Inspector General of Police through the Commissioners of Police in the three states to set up a Special Squad to mop up the zone and rid it of bandits.
Reports by Godfrey